Fashola: Loko-Oweto, 2nd Niger Bridges will reduce travel time

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Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Works and Housing, has stated that the Loko-Oweto Bridge will cut travel time to Abuja by four hours, while the Second Niger Bridge will take a few minutes instead of hours to cross the River Niger, a 1.5-kilometer crossing.

Fashola stated this yesterday during President Muhammadu Buhari’s virtual commissioning of three bridges, three secretariats, and one road.

In a statement, Hakeem Bello, special adviser communications to the minister, said the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with state governors, senators and House of Representative members, traditional rulers, and other Nigerians, unveiled three major bridges, the Loko-Oweto, Second Niger, and Ikom bridges, a completed section of the Kano-Kaduna Highway, and three new federal secretariats.

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“Today, Mr. President will connect Benue to Nasarawa via the Loko-Oweto Bridge, Cross River to Benue via the Ikom Bridge, and Anambra to Delta via the Second Niger Bridge, literally connecting many parts of Nigeria to themselves,” he said.

“In the same vein, we connect Kano to Kaduna via the Kaduna-Kano highway and have a direct impact on Zamfara, Bayelsa, and Anambra through the Secretariats.” This is a story about people and development that cannot be fully told here.

“But I will try, beginning with the president and commander-in-chief, whose leadership, support, and opportunity to serve has made all of this possible.” The story of cabinet members, including the vice president and my colleague ministers, whose support for various memoranda in Council enabled these projects to be realised. Some of the memoranda you spent hours debating and approving have borne fruit.

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“Our legislators in both chambers of parliament were involved.” They appropriated, approved where necessary, and provided oversight throughout the project; however, they never obstructed. “The state governors, their commissioners, and their traditional rulers are a must-tell story about how federal, state, and traditional institutions can and must work together to deliver development and prosperity,” he said.

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